|His Holiness, John I.|
|His Royal Unholiness, Theodoric the Pope-Killer|
No Pope had ever traveled outside Italy before. In Constantinople, he was welcomed about as well as Jesus himself would have been -- maybe better. The entire population of the city lined up along the road from the twelfth milestone to cheer him as he arrived. He sat on a throne higher than the Patriarch of Constantinople. And Justin invited him, rather than his own Patriarch, to place the Easter Crown on his head.
|His Majesty, Emperor Justin I -- nice earrings, dude|
However, Justin wasn't much inclined to give ground on this heresy thing. After all, the Son was plainly homoousian -- that had been settled at Nicea. These Arians were willful and sinful and obstinate. They ought to have been beaten like the mules they were becoming.
To his credit, Pope John pointed out that all the things Justin had done to Arians in the East could be done to Catholics in the West by Theodoric. Justin gave ground on the churches and the jobs, but he would not let apostates re-apostatize back to Arianism. Sensing they had reached a firm compromise, John took the agreement back to Theodoric.
Ted had not liked news of the welcome that John had received. He didn't like the fact that Justin had gotten on well with his pope, nor that John had come back with less than a full case of concessions. He intercepted the Pope's entourage on its way to Rome and ordered the Pope, under guard, to report immediately to his palace at Ravenna. Being an old man, Pope John probably did not last long in Theodoric's prison. He was denied both food and water for his treasonous double-dealing with the eastern emperor, so he probably went in a few days.